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Canao bridge builder takes advantage of dry spell

Tabuk City, Kalinga (6 March) -- Not everyone takes the El Niņo phenomenon as a devastating calamity but considers it as a blessing.

As the phenomenon dries up water sources and farmlands in several parts of the province leaving millions in crop damages, builders of the replacement Canao Bridge at Calanan, Tabuk City are taking advantage of the low water level of the Chico River to work in full swing.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project engineer Edgardo Enriquez related that before the dry spell, workers are finding it hard to bore the foundations of Piers 5 and 6 located in the deeper end of the river due to high water level. This setback he said incurred a 12.04 percent negative slippage on the part of the contractors of the P169M-worth bridge project under the infrastructure program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Enriquez said that with the delays, they could not meet the April 2010 original target date since they were only able to accomplish 52% of the project to date. Completion of the bridge he said is expected to drag until the end of the year.

Engr. Rufo Rellebe of the RDJ Construction, contractor of bridge said that the weather "is at least cooperating" with them since during the rainy season the high water level had hampered their work on the 280-meters long Prestressed Concrete Girder V Bridge composed of eight spans and seven piers.

Water level along the old Pasonglao bridge receded when the National irrigation Authority (NIA), in an effort to increase water volume for irrigation diverted the water channeling it to the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS) at the diversion dam.

This gave the chance for the crew to backfill the river bed allowing their equipments and construction crew to work and move freely in the work site. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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